Chicago’s 2012 Oktoberfest at St. Alphonsus in Lakeview


Friday – Sunday; September 28-30, 2012  


Friday: 5 pm to 10 pm; Saturday: 11 am to 10 pm; Sunday: 11 am to 7 pm  


St. Alphonsus Church at Southport & Lincoln in Chicago  

If you follow my posts, you know that I can’t pass up a Chicago Festival. Since I truly believe that autumn is the most beautiful time of year in Chicago, I try to hit as many of the Fall Festivals as possible.

Oktoberfest 2011

As a Chicago native, I know that when the fall season ends the possibilities of glorious outdoor festivals evaporate. The dreadful winter weather in Chicago isn’t conducive to outdoor festivals, unless you’re a reindeer or Santa.

Oktoberfest 2011 in Chicago

Saint Alphonsus Parish in Chicago

 Attend the 11th annual festival at St. Aphonsus Church; one of the most highly regarded Oktoberfest celebrations in Chicago at 1429 W. Wellington on September 28-30, 2112

English: 450 years of the “German Beer Purity ...

English: 450 years of the “German Beer Purity Law” Deutsch: 450 Jahre Deutsches Reinheitsgebot :*Graphics by Poell :*Ausgabepreis: 80 Pfennig :*First Day of Issue / Erstausgabetag: 5. Mai 1983 :*Michel-Katalog-Nr: 1179 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Map of Chicago's community areas, grouped by c...

Map of Chicago’s community areas, grouped by color by “side” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1900, one in every five Chicago residents was German. These Deutshischers brought their beer-making practices and oom-pah-pah music with them to Chicago. Their beer-making adhered to the principles of Reinheitsgebot; German Purity law. The “German Beer Purity Law” or the “Bavarian Purity Law”  was a regulation concerning the production of beer in Germany. In the original text, the only ingredients that could be used in the production of beer were water, barley and hops. The law has since been repealed but many German and American beers, for marketing purposes, continue to claim to abide by the rule.

Octoberfest in Chicago 2011

I always wonder how the out-of -state college graduates  know exactly what neighborhood to move into when they come to Chicago? Is there some Social Media fraternity/sorority news bulletin? The newly minted college graduates in Chicago love Lakeview!

St. Alphonsus in Lakeview in Chicago

Grab your lederhosen and Grampa’s beer stein and attend one of Chicago’s favorite Germanic  festivals.


There will be plenty of beer, brats, pretzels,  music and dancing. On Sunday afternoon, the “Kinderfest” celebration (11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. ) will feature games and  activities for children.

German Festival Costume

Saint Alphonsus Liguori was a doctor of the Church, known for his contribution to moral theology and his great kindness. He was born in 1696 in Naples. The original St. Alphonsus church was built at this location when the neighborhood was predominantly German. The existing church was built in 1897 and is located at 1429 W. Wellington

Octoberfest celebrations are modeled after the original Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. This 16-18 day celebration in Munich began as a wedding celebration for the royal couple. We owe it all to Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen.

There will be two stages: a Main Stage and a German Stage. 

Sixteen Candles at Oktoberfest 2011

Here’s the entertainment line-up:


5:00pm – The Polkaholics
6:30pm – Hip Hugger
8:30pm – Hi Infidelity

11:00am – Die Musikmeisters German Band
1:45pm – Radio Live
3:45pm – The Bratwurst Brothers
5:30pm – He Said, She Said
8:00pm – 16 Candles

Sixteen Candles Band at Oktoberfest 2011

Sixteen Candles at Oktoberfest 2011


7:00pm – The Polkaholics
9:00pm – The Bratwurst Brothers

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @
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